Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of The Quest & The Prize. Vice Chairman, IHS. Global Energy & Oil Expert
Founder of the Blue Zones Projects, whose mission is to help communities better themselves by improving public policy, the local environment, and social networks. Speaker Dan Buettner uncovered the world's five Blue Zones, which are areas where people are most likely to live long and healthy lives. Organizations book Dan Buettner to learn about longevity, unlocking the secret of happiness, and the making of a healthy city.
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Happiness speaker Dan Buettner is a National Geographic Fellow, an explorer, and an acclaimed producer. He is also a journalist and The New York Times bestselling author. He uncovered the world’s five Blue Zones. These are areas where people are most likely to live long and healthy lives. Both National Geographic and The New York Times Magazine have published articles regarding the Blue Zones.
Currently, Buettner collaborates with large employers, municipal governments, and health insurance companies. The collaboration aims at enacting Blue Zones Projects in workplaces, communities, and universities. The Blue Zones Projects’ mission is to help communities better themselves by improving public policy, the local environment, and social networks. The program has made a significant difference in the health of over 5 million people in America so far.
Speaker Dan Buettner is the author of several bestsellers, including Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way and The Blue Zones of Happiness.
Moreover, Dan wrote The Blue Zones Kitchen: 100 recipes for living to 100. The book combines scientific reporting with National Geographic photography and 100 recipes that could aid individuals in living longer. His upcoming book, The Blue Zones Challenge, which will come out in December 2021, aims at assisting people in following the journey to a longer, healthier, and happier life.
As a speaker, Buettner has attended Bill Clinton’s Health Matters Initiative, TEDMED, and Google Zeitgeist. Buettner has also been on Oprah, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and NBC Nightly News. His Davos speech in January 2018 was regarded as “one of the best of Davos.”
In addition, Buettner obtained three Guinness World Records in the sport of distance cycling.
National Geographic writer Dan Buettner has traveled the globe to uncover the best strategies for longevity and happiness. He identified Blue Zones - places that have the greatest life expectancy and where more people reach age 100 than anywhere else. Working with a team of experts, Buettner distilled their secrets into nine common denominators he calls the Power 9™. What is the optimal diet for making it to a healthy age 90? Should you be running marathons or doing yoga? What supplements work? Does stress really shorten your life? Dan debunks the most common myths and offers a science-backed blue print for the average American to live another 12 quality years. Using National Geographic photography and a dynamic delivery, Dan takes audiences to each of the Blue Zones and leaves audience with an actionable plan to live longer, healthier lives.
Science shows that where we live - not education, marital status or wealth - is the biggest, controllable factor that determines our happiness. So where should we live? A tropical island? Paris? Las Vegas? It’s not where you think.
Working with Gallup, The World Values Survey and the World Database on Happiness, Dan and his team found the three pockets around the world where people report the highest level of well-being - or happiness. Then, on assignment for National Geographic, he researched each of these hotspots and distilled down the common denominators in each place. What can governments do to maximize the well-being of their citizens? And more importantly, what can we do as individuals to stack the deck in our favor to maximize happiness?
His presentation incorporates National Geographic photographs and short video clips. It transports audiences to places around the globe where people are living happy and meaningful lives. It offers universal strategies on how to best achieve that life balance we all seek.
In 2009, Albert Lea, Minnesota, a statistically average American city, completed a one year community health experiment that raised life expectancy by three years, trimmed a collective 12,000 pounds off waistlines and dropped healthcare costs of city workers by some 40%. USA Today, Good Morning America, AARP, ABC Nightline, CNN, U.S. News, and World Report all covered the story. Harvard’s Dr. Walter Willett, writing in Newsweek magazine called the results “stunning”. Dan Buettner, founder and director of the AARP/Blue Zones Vitality Project created a “perfect storm” of health that transformed a city. He tells the fascinating story of how one typically obese American city of 18,000 reversed the trend and also got happier. Dan’s presentation takes audiences on the year long journey as this town adopts 28 evidence based ways to change their environment to live longer and better. They got healthier without thinking about it.
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